wǔ five; 5


Originally a picture of a square with a point in the middle - making 4 points, simplified to show just part of the square
Number of strokes 4

Sounds same

wǔ (noon) wǔ (martial)

Different tone

wū (crow) wū (house) wú (not to have) wù (do not) wù (fifth (ordinal))

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stroke order for 五
Stroke order for character 五, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license


麻雀虽小,五脏俱全 má què suī xiǎo, wǔ zàng jù quán A person is a person regardless of size. Complete in every detail
五十步笑一百步 wǔ shí bù xiào yī bǎi bù Being complacent about the future. Believing a job done when only half done.


四十五个人 sì shí wǔ gè rén 45 people
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553
五百五十三 wǔ bǎi wǔ shí sān 553


五福 wǔ fú good luck gods
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